Current Exhibitions

Derived from the Decorative: Works by Faig Ahmed, Beth Lipman and Bouke de Vries

February 1, 2019 – June 9, 2019

Cheekwood is pleased to present an exhibition featuring work by Faig Ahmed (Baku, Azerbaijan), Beth Lipman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Bouke de Vries (Utrecht, the Netherlands). The exhibition consists of artists who take cues from decorative arts traditions yet invert the precepts by blurring the space between functional forms and art forms. The exhibition celebrates the work of a national and international group of artists who look at traditional decorative arts as a point of departure for contemporary creations. The artists in this show challenge the idea of historically informed notions of craft and provide a contemporary entry point into the space between fine and decorative art. Through recognizable visual traditions, the works destabilize perceptions of the familiar. Integrating traditional fabrication methods along with digital contributions, the exhibition presents works that embrace a wide spectrum of time.

Bouke de Vries, Peacock I, 2015. Ceramic. Courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary.

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In Bloom: Works from Cheekwood’s Permanent Collection

March 21, 2019 – September 1, 2019

Whether through the rich symbolism of renewal or decay, love or hardship, florals have been captured by creatives since the beginning of art history. Botanicals hold a particularly apt place at Cheekwood. In Bloom: Works from Cheekwood’s Permanent Collection features works that explore the subject of flowers. Through this exhibition, the botanical experience extends beyond Cheekwood’s historic gardens into its galleries.

In Bloom will also feature work from Cheekwood’s biannual program Cheekwood ED: Extended Dialogues. Through a collaboration with Tony Perrin, Adjunct Instructor, three students studying Fashion Design and Merchandising at O’More College of Design at Belmont University were asked to chose works from the show and respond in the form of a garment. Samantha Erlington (’21), Amy May (’21) and Justice Ybarra (’21) are producing one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by works by Jean MacLane, Georgia O’Keeffe, Martha Walter. The garments will be on view in the exhibition galleries.

Pauline Palmer, Family Gathering, 1919. Oil on canvas. Gift of the 1988 Collectors’ Group with matching funds through the bequest of Anita Bevill McMichael Stallworth. 1988.16.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Storybook Houses

May 1, 2019 – September 1, 2019

Cheekwood will partner with local architecture firms to design and build whimsical playhouses inspired by many of the beloved stories featured in the exhibition Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children’s Book Illustration. The interactive playhouses are sure to delight visitors of all ages throughout the summer months.

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Diana Al-Hadid: Sublimations

May 24, 2019 – September 1, 2019

In collaboration with the Frist Art Museum, Cheekwood presents two large scale, outdoor works by Syrian-born, American artist Diana Al-Hadid.

Diana Al-Hadid, The Grotto Gradiva and Citadel, 2017-2018. Image from Williams College Diana Al-Hadid: Delirious Matter.

Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children’s Book Illustrations

From the Art Kandy Collection

Curated by Lee Cohen & Lois Sarkisian

Organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions

June 22, 2019 – September 1, 2019

With over 140 original works included from over 75 books, Childhood Classics explores the history of children’s books from the turn of the century pen and ink Mother Goose art of Sarah Noble Ives, to the most popular works of today including the digital creations of Mo Willems. The exhibition features the original art of Dr. Seuss, the iconic Wild Things of Maurice Sendak and the perennial heroism of Garth Williams’ Stuart Little. Among the many classic illustrators featured are Rosemary Wells, Richard Scarry, Chris Van Allsburg and Hilary Knight. Fondly remembered characters of literature include Babar, Eloise, Madeline, the Cat in the Hat and Dick & Jane. Extensive wall labels illuminate the works.

2019 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence Visceral Vistas: David Brooks

September 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020

David Brooks, A Proverbial Machine in the Garden, 2013. Dynahoe tractor, concrete, earth, landscaping and steel grates.  Image from Storm King Art Center.

Past Exhibitions

View a list of past exhibitions that took place at Cheekwood.

Past exhibitions

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